ARSONISTS have caused £70,000 worth of damage to a new BMX track in Ellesmere Port.
Cheshire West & Chester Council, Cheshire police and Ground Works Cheshire were among the partership agencies who worked together for months to develop the Base Park BMX track which aimed to provide a recreation space for young people in the area.
Youths were consulted about what kind of activity they thought would benefit them in the community and the site was opened in August last year.
But in the early hours of Monday, firefighters were called to the track following reports of a fire, and discovered two industrial diggers had been deliberately set alight.
The offenders forced their way into a secure area by cutting through fencing, before setting fire to the JCB machines, which are valued at about £30,000 each.
At its launch, it was hoped the transformation of the Parklands track would bring environmental improvements to the area and provide a safe environment where users could undertake increased physical activity and exercise.
PC Tom Grant, Ellesmere Port beat manager, described the mindless act as ‘a real blow to the community’.
He said: “The whole point of us getting involved in this project was to help get young people in the area out and about and to give them somewhere to go to and have some fun.
“It’s not just the value of the vehicles we’ve lost, it’s also what it’ll cost to remove them with cranes.
“This is just such a real shame for everyone who lives in the community and we would appeal for any witnesses who have any information to come forward.”
Beat manager PC Rhiannon Topley added: “I am disgusted and appalled by the behaviour of the individuals responsible for this crime.”
She added: “The vehicles were parked in separate locations which shows this was a deliberate attack and I am so disappointed the efforts of the local community to build this excellent facility have been hindered in this manner.”
If you have any information call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or Cheshire police on 101.